Why choose Cardiff?
Cardiff University School of Dentistry provides education and training for students in the only School of Dentistry within Wales. The School of Dentistry has a seamless link with the Dental Service Group of the Cardiff and Vale UHB based in the University Dental Hospital, which provides the majority of the clinical experience students will gain during their studies. The staff and students working within the University Dental Hospital provide advice and treatment for patients from Wales and from neighbouring parts of England.
International Reputation and Excellence
The School of Dentistry has an international reputation for its educational provision, research and clinical service. In the most recent assessment of undergraduate teaching, the School was rated as ‘Excellent’, with students being taught in a dynamic research environment with the benefit of interaction with researchers who are working at the frontiers of knowledge in their areas of expertise.
The School is based within the University Dental Hospital on the University’s Heath Park campus. A programme of ongoing investment by Cardiff University and the Dental Service Group provides students with some of the most modern facilities within the UK university sector. These include modern, spacious and well-equipped laboratories and dental operating areas and sophisticated new equipment. The School also houses a subject specific dental Library and modern IT suite.
The School of Dentistry is noted for research of a national and international standard and in many areas is at the very leading edge of innovation and thinking. This attracts substantial funding and creates a stimulating environment in which to study. All our degree programmes have a major element of independent, supervised project work allowing students to undertake ‘cutting edge’ research of their own.
The School has a staff of more than 100. Many are internationally renowned in their areas of expertise and the School’s ongoing research work has been highly rated in recent national assessments of research quality. The School has published more than 500 articles in refereed journals and has won nine internationally recognised prizes and awards. In recent years, the School of Dentistry has attracted more than £10 million of funding and collaborative grants.
Community and Outreach
Undergraduate students in their final year of study spend a high proportion of their clinical time at primary care settings such as the St David's Primary Dental Care Unit. This allows them to treat patients in a setting that simulates the type of work and environment they will encounter in general practice. Sessions here, together with the educational input, prepare the student for a more cohesive teamwork approach to their treatments, and allow a greater insight into their vocational trainee year once qualified.
The School’s undergraduate programmes are recognised by the GDC (General Dental Council) and are recognised throughout the world.
The School prides itself on developing the ‘dental team’ and dental students will work closely alongside Dental Therapists, Hygienists, Nurses and Dental Technologists and other complementary professionals throughout the duration of studies.
The School is proud of its friendly environment fostered by close interaction between staff and students, an informal atmosphere and a very active Dental Students Society.